Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Questions for Confrontations on the Bible

Some people get on the prod and want to attack God, the Bible, creation, and Christians. It seems they just want to watch the Bible burn — and to shake our faith. Others, however, have serious inquiries and we can help remove stumbling blocks. What follows is helpful for Question Evolution Day.

There are some attacks on the Bible and creation that we want to answer. Asking questions can clarify things and help in communication.
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It is not uncommon for an unbeliever to come roaring with accusations against God and the Bible, and some say, "Prove to me scientifically that God exists". That one is the logical fallacy known as the category error, and is irrational. In other cases, use your discernment and use the principle of Proverbs 26:4-5. That is, do not allow the unbeliever to put you on the defensive and make the rules, but show how his or her views are erroneous.

As we have seen before, we need to ask questions. This can be a mite disconcerting for someone who is looking for a fight, but it also shows that you are listening and can be a possible bridge to a discussions. I'll allow that it is more difficult on social media and more effective in person, but sometimes it is still effective. This also clarifies; it's not helpful to try to answer a question or comment that was not what the other person meant! Also, you may learn some things about the person and it can help in future encounters. It's happened to me.

Always remember it is not about winning arguments. Our goal is to glorify God and to prompt the other person to think. We cannot expect instant repentance, but to use a term I learned long ago, we can "plant seeds". God is the one who does the salvation, not us.
Some contend that science proves the Bible wrong. They may ask how the Bible’s supposedly good God could allow so much pain and evil in the world. And who hasn’t heard that science has proved humans evolved over eons?

Does a Bible believer need a bunch of college degrees to answer these claims? Education helps, but even non-expert Christians can use one basic tactic to address such attacks.
To read the rest, click on "How Can I Answer Attacks on the Bible?" For related material, see "Evidence and Asking Questions" and "Asking Questions to Reveal Answers".